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Ruel Molina
Occupation Dispatcher
Born ca. 1983
Died

December 20, 2014(2014-12-20) (aged 31)
Kimantong, Philippines

Cause of death Shot by police
Attack information
Date December 20, 2014
2:24 a.m.
Location(s) Kimantong, Philippines
Killed 6
Injured 1-3
Weapon(s) Knife
Arson

Ruel Molina was a Filipino dispatcher who killed six people and wounded at least one other person at a boarding house in Purok 1, barangay Kimantong, Daraga, Philippines, before being shot dead by police.[1][2][3]

Molina originated from barangay Cale, Tiwi, Albay, but at the time of the murders lived in barangay Ibid, Libmanan, Camarines Sur. He worked as dispatcher of a transport terminal and was reportedly mentally ill. Reports about the exact sequence of events that night were sketchy and at times contradictory, but it appears that around 2:24 a.m. Molina, who was armed with a knife, approached Kathleen Broñola Briones and Josie Aljecera Alcovendas, two 16-year-old college students, while they were waiting for a bus and asked them to accompany him to the police station, because his wife's relatives wanted to kill him. When a bus dispatcher approached the three, asking where they were headed, Molina attacked him, whereupon the two girls ran inside the canteen adjacent to the Bicolandia Lodging House. According to other reports Molina led them there himself at knifepoint. There he held the girls and 17-year-old canteen helper John Frias dela Peña hostage while apparently calling police and asking for assistance, due to the death threats he had received from his wife’s family.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

It seems that Briones and Alcovendas at one point managed to hide in a restroom at the canteen, while dela Peña escaped when Molina went searching for the girls. Thinking that Molina had left, the two students eventually came out of their hiding place, but ran into him again and he reportedly strangled them. Later the 31-year-old gave Alcovendas his identification card and NBI clearance, and with the order to hand them over to police, which by the time had arrived at the scene, let her go. He then cut the hose of a liquefied petroleum gas tank and switched on a stove, causing an explosion and fire that would soon engulf the canteen and the neighbouring boarding house, trapping the occupants inside and killing six of them. The fire burned for an hour and completely destroyed both buildings.[4][7][9]

After stripping himself down to his underwear and throwing his clothes and wallet into the flames Molina and Briones, whom he still held hostage and threatened with his knife, left the burning building and approached the police at the scene. When Police Officer 1 Laurel Bancoro tried to negotiate with him, Molina stabbed him in the back, whereupon he was shot by the other policemen. Together with Bancuro and Briones he was taken to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Some reports also mentioned that Molina at one point had stabbed a man watching a nearby store.[4][5][6][7][9][11][12]

VictimsEdit

  • Dominic Abella, 21
  • Irene Alvarez, 19
  • Reno Ladrillo
  • Juvic Luna, 27
  • Angeline Protestante, 22
  • Unidentified person

Among those wounded was policeman Laurel Bancoro.

ReferencesEdit

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